Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award winning author of ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series. Crazy, wildly passionate, and driven are just a few of the words used to describe his love of birding and nature.
Born in Yorkshire, Richard first visited the USA as a 21 year old. He quickly fell in love with Cape May and its incredible bird migrations, and moved there for good shortly afterwards. After 20 years of hiding in the business world and raising his family (with wife Debra, Sophie, Sam’ and a dog – all blondes,) Richard co-authored the successful The Shorebird Guide. He quickly became obsessed with the newfound opportunities provided by digital technology and book design. The Crossley ID Guide series was created.
The Crossley ID Guides provide a new perspective on how we look at books and nature. Different from any book previously published, it makes the reader pay attention to shapes, patterns, behavior, and other details presented in this type of artwork. It pushes the reader to think about what they are seeing. Recognized with multiple awards, this series has created a movement for other wildlife guides to paint by pixels, and depict habitat, behavior, and wildlife in a more lifelike manner. These are books for anyone who loves nature.
Richard is also co-founder of the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge, Race4Birds and The Cape May Young Birders Club. He served on the board of directors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
- I’m struck by the some of the almost whimsical elements in your plates. The moose skedaddling out in the pond in Anchorage Alaska was noteworthy; these items are like presents for the observers who closely examines each one.
- The mystery bird plates are particularly interesting and challenging at the same time.
- Is your audience the same in this Crossley ID Waterfowl book as in the last 3 books in this series?
- This book was is self-published by Crossley Books. Why did you choose this route?
- Ducks Unlimited Canada has been given the distribution rights for Canada , why? What do they do right and what is missing?
- The preface is revealing in that this book is deliberately designed to appeal to all who appreciate the natural world. Further it seeks to unite with a common vocabulary, these disparate groups, each with different focus, but who share common interests.
- Please elaborate on the unique focus of this guide. You say that we are all on the same team. It aims to bring hunters, birders, city park watchers, and everyone else to see each other as one. It’s a celebration of waterfowl and the outdoors presented in a lifelike format so that everyone can relate to, and understand, it.
- You call yourself and others who are interested in birds and waterfowl in particular hunters. How do you see this guide uniting the various parties?
- One focus of this guide is on the food needed by waterfowl, and that this emphasis on food needs rather than habitat is a more enlightened perspective. Please help clarify the issue of habitat verse food as conservation concept.
- There are elements (sections) in this work that are not typical of field guides such as wing cut outs, how to make a nest box, and guidance on saving waterfowl and wetlands.
- RSPB and having ear of the Prime Minster of England.
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Book Review: Reactions To The Crossley ID Guide! Eastern Birds. First book in this series.
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